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Discover Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch is a private nature reserve that provides discovery to these special lands through a variety of adventures.  With 4000 acres to explore between 2 beautiful valleys, it’s no wonder how this Oahu attraction offers so many activities.  Movie Tours, ATV Rides, and the Zipline adventure are the most popular attractions.  But did you know you can ride horses and bikes into the mountains, or sign up for a one-of-a-kind UTV or Jungle Jeep ride?

Kualoa Ranch

The Tail of 2 Valleys


Far from Waikiki and beyond the popular side of north shore is a living functioning ranch that offers a world of exploration and entertainment.

Kualoa Ranch Valleys

It’s really the tail of 2 valleys, with so many stories and adventures to explore.  There is no other ranch out there that offers an aria of experiences.  From riding ATV’s through the valley to climbing trails with horses, learning about hydroponic farming, zip lining above the treetops, and kayaking to a private island that most folks don’t even know exists.


What to Expect


Kualoa Ranch ATV Tours

It can feel a bit overwhelming with so many different activities to choose from…horseback riding on side trails, zip lining through the trees, splashing ATV’s in and out of mud puddles, to paddling kayaks out to a secret island, and just about everything in between.

There is literally something for everyone.  If ziplining from trees is not your thing, there is an adventurous movie tour from the comfort of an open air trolley bus or a fun Jungle Jeep Expedition Tour that sparks a great sense of adventure traveling deep into the valleys.

ATV Tour Rides and Zipline Rides


Kualoa Ranch History

Before diving into the variety of activity that Kualoa Ranch offers, you might appreciate it a little more by understand how it started as a ranch, and remains as an active one today.

It was established back in 1850 by missionary named Dr. Gerritt Judd whose family continues to own, preserve and managed this beautiful land as we see it today.


A Self Sustaining Ranch


Kualoa Ranch Entrance

While folks travel up to Kualoa for an exciting day filled with adventure and discovery, there’s lots going on behind the scenes with family ranchers taking care of livestock and attending many daily chores on the premises.

Kualoa Ranch Cattle



Kualoa Ranch is unique as it’s one of the only self-sustaining ranches in Hawaii that raises farm animals, uses a hydroponic system to grow their own produce, and established a solar panel field for their energy.


Kualoa Valley Adventurous Tours


Kualoa Ranch Jurassic Park Site

If you’re looking for a sense of adventure and being in the driver seat, turn towards activities such as the horse rides, bike tours, kayaks, ziplining, ATV and UTV adventures.    ATV Tour Rides and Zipline Rides

Kualoa Ranch Horses


All tours are led by the ranchers, but you’ll get a chance to drive the ATVs, lead your horse, or paddle your kayak in the ocean, there is a great sense of thrill while traveling deep into magical valleys.

Horse Ride Tours


Hollywood Movie Site Tour


Kualoa Ranch Movie Tour

This has to be one of my favorite Kualoa Ranch Tours.  Climb aboard an open air trolley, sit back and let your guide lead you through the valley where over 80 famous movies and popular TV shows have taken place.

The tour makes a few stops along the route where you can see some iconic locations and some of the props that were used in movies, including gigantic foot prints and dinosaur bones.

You’ll also get an opportunity to see their hydroponic farm put to use, and learn how Kualoa Ranch help makes Hawaii a more self-sustaining state.

Kualoa Ranch King Kong


The trolley also make a stop on top of a ridge where an old military bunker has been transformed into a museum.  The walls are covered with movie posters & pictures that took place in these valleys, and the rooms are setup with movie scenes & props that were used.

Purchase Movie Tour Pass


Kualoa Food Tours

Explore what makes this area sacred, and be amazed by an ancient 153 acre fishing pond that was used a thousand years ago by the Hawaiian community practicing aquaculture, and remains well preserved today.

Kualoa Ranch Bananas



You’ll travel by trolley listening to fascinating stories, identifying plants, flowers, and fruits grown on the property…with a taste along the way of course!

Taste of Island Tour


Guided Tours

Sit back but hold on as your guide leads the way through the jungle on a bus, open air trolleys, jeeps and UTV rides (where you get to drive too)!

Kualoa Ranch Tours

Each offer levels of comfort to a sense of adventure, but all offer great memories to share as they lead you through parts of the island that are unique, historic, and only can be viewed with the company of a guide.

Kualoa Ranch Guided Tours


Secret Island Beach Activities

I can’t think of many ranches that offer beach activities…and a Secret Island Beach at that!  Sign up for the beach and you can take advantage of fun water toys including Paddle Boards, Canoes Rides and Kayaks.

If you prefer to relax on the beach, you can layout a towel or jump into one of the relaxing hammocks, or play ping pong, horseshoes, or get a beach volleyball game going.  It’s all set up and waiting for your enjoyment.

Purchase Secret Island Pass


Gift Shop


Give yourself a little extra time as there is an extensive gift shop on the premises that has some cool Kualoa souvenirs to check out…or walk away with!


Tips


Kualoa Ranch

Purchase Tickets Early

Buy tickets 2 to 3 weeks in advance…especially for the most popular tours.  You can always try winging it to see what’s available upon arrival, but might be subjected to long wait times, or be disappointed to find no availability.  Singles might have the best luck to find an occasional empty seat on one of the tours.

Purchase All Day Pass


Dine at the Cafe

Aunty Pat’s Paniolo Café



Dine at Aunty Pat’s Paniolo Café!  You’re at a ranch and the food doesn’t get any fresher or more delicious!  Kualoa Ranch grows their own produce and raises its own grass-fed cattle.

Line up for their loco moco, homemade burger, or anything else that was grown or raised on the ranch!  Open 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM


Best Souvenir

Kualoa Ranch Steaks



While the gift shop offers lots of cool swag items to remember your time here at the ranch, the best souvenir might be the one you can throw on the barbecue.  Ranch raised steaks are packaged up nicely and ready for the taking!


Bring Beach Gear

Chinamans Hat



If you’re planning to take advantage of any of the beach or water activities, you might want to pack some beach gear including towels, sunscreen, and bathing suites.

If you’re planning to take advantage of any of the beach or water activities, you might want to pack some beach gear including towels, sunscreen, and bathing suites.


Getting There


Kualoa Ranch Hale
  • From Waikiki – approximately 45 minutes travel time
  • Take the Kuhio Ave to Kapahulu Ave and turn left
  • Take H-1 Freeway north 5 miles
  • Take the Like Like Hwy East for 7 miles
  • Take the Kamehameha Hwy north (H1-63 Kahekili Hwy) for 10 miles
  • The Kualoa Ranch will be on the left side
  • 49-560 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe

Map to Kualoa Ranch


In The Area


Chinaman’s Hat

Chinamans Hat

There are some Iconic landmarks around Oahu, and Chinaman’s Hat is one of them.  Also referred to as Mokolii (Hawaiian origin name) is owned and protected by the state & federal government.  It’s stunning to marvel at, and a privilege for some kayakers to paddle to.  Best viewing point is from Kualoa Regional Park & Beach.

 


Mikes Huli Chicken

If you’re in the mood for a different kind of barbecue then what the ranch has to offer, then save your appetite for some ono side-of-the-road huli huli chicken.  You’ll see a colorful sign and food truck just 10 miles down the road.  They have a tempting menu…just make sure to order some of their BBQ Chicken!

56-565 Kamehameha Hwy Kahuku


Polynesian Cultural Center

Polynesian Cultural Center

Loaded with fun activates, captivating shows, and a grand luau of its own, this is another full day of entertainment that 0is located 15 minutes up the road in Laie, North Shore.  The Polynesian Culture Center has been an institution since 1964, and continues to evolve and entertain throughout the years.

55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie

Ha

Book your ticket now before they get booked up...especially popular selections. There are a few different packages available including different options such as transportation, luau dinner, and a popular night show called Ha "Breath of life".  Bus Pick up from Waikiki starts at 10 am, and later pick ups for evening luau packages & show only.  Book your tickets

There is so much to see and discover at the Polynesian Cultural Center that you will need at least a couple of days to explore it all!

And you will be happy to know that your entrance ticket is now good for 3 days beyond your first visit, if you wish to return and experience additional shows and village areas.



Aloha & Enjoy!!